Child abuse can be prevented and it starts with you. It exists in every community, regardless of age, race, education, socio-economic status, or culture. All adults share the responsibility to report suspected child abuse.
Children’s lives depend on your courage. If you suspect a child is being abused make a call to the New York State Child Abuse Hotline. Someone will answer your call 24 hours a day. The information you provide is confidential and you will remain anonymous.
If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.
- New York State Child Abuse Hotline 800-342-3720
- New York State Mandated Reporter Hotline 800-635-1522
- Trafficking and Exploitation Hotline 315-218-1966. If you suspect a child is being trafficked or exploited, please call the hotline. For more information on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Human Trafficking, please click here.
When you call the Child Abuse Hotline to report suspected abuse, you will speak with a child abuse expert who will walk you through the reporting process. You will be encouraged to leave your name and telephone number; all sources of a child abuse report remain confidential.
The child abuse expert will ask you a series of questions about your suspicion of child abuse. It is helpful to have some basic information such as the name, date of birth, address and phone number of the child you are concerned about.